Tōri Tenjō-ji (忉利天上寺), officially Mayazan Tenjō-ji (仏母摩耶山天上寺) or Mayazan Tenjō-ji (摩耶山天上寺), is a Shingon Buddhist temple in eastern Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The temple is located on Mount Maya (699 metres (2,293 ft)) in the Nada ward of Kobe.[1][2]

Tōri Tenjō-ji
忉利天上寺
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Main temple (Jintang)
Religion
AffiliationBuddhism
Location
Location2-12 Mayayama-dori, Nada-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken, 657-0105
CountryKobe, Japan
Architecture
FounderHōdō
Completed646
Website
http://www.mayasan-tenjoji.jp/

HistoryEdit

Tenjō-ji was, by tradition, established during the Asuka period (538 – 710) by the semi-mythical monk Hōdō (fl. 7th century). Hōdō, by tradition, was born in India, and traveled to Japan via China and the Baekje kingdom in Korea. Hōdō cured an illness of the Emperor Kōtoku (596 – 654), who then sent the monk to establish numerous Buddhist temples. According to legend Hōdō founded Tenjō-ji in 646.[3]

In the 8th century, another High Monk Kobo brought back a statue of Maya, the mother of Buddha from China, and dedicated it to this temple.

Tenjō-ji was an influential temple for a long time, but the original temple which was located very near to the top of the mountain was burned by a pyromaniac in 1975. The temple has been reestablished at a northern and higher place from the original.

The name of Mount Maya has its origin in the story of this temple.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "忉利天上寺" [Tōri Tenjō-ji]. Kokushi Daijiten (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 683276033. Archived from the original on 25 August 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  2. ^ "忉利天上寺" [Tōri Tenjō-ji]. Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 153301537. Archived from the original on 25 August 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  3. ^ "法道" [Hōdō]. Nihon Jinmei Daijiten (日本人名大辞典) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. Archived from the original on 25 August 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2012.

Coordinates: 34°44′20.39″N 135°12′16.93″E / 34.7389972°N 135.2047028°E / 34.7389972; 135.2047028